Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Glen of Imaal Terrier

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Glen of Imaal Terrier the right breed for you?

Glen of Imaal Terriers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Glen of Imaal Terrier Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Glen of Imaal Terrier?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Glen of Imaal Terrier stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, earthdog); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Glen of Imaal Terriers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Glen of Imaal Terrier to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Glen of Imaal Terrier, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Glen of Imaal Terrier?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Glen of Imaal Terrier be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Glen of Imaal Terrier?

Glen of Imaal Terriers are very uncommon in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Glen of Imaal Terriers rank 180th. It's very difficult to find this breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
I'm not aware of any Glen of Imaal Terriers available from a Dog Rescue group. You would need to contact their national breed club to inquire.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Glen of Imaal Terrier being found in an animal shelter.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
Your only real option is a show breeder, who breeds Glen of Imaal Terriers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You might also be able to buy a Glen of Imaal Terrier from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal elbows

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Glen of Imaal Terrier puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called cone rod dystrophy.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Glen of Imaal Terrier ends up blind and crippled.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
I have never seen a Glen in a pet shop. Which is good, because I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


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Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Glen of Imaal Terrier puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.